6 THINGS WITH SOPHIA AGUIÑAGA
6 Things with Sophia Aguiñaga Interior Designer + Artist
Based in Oakland, Sophia is an interior designer and artist. Her interior design is expressive, meaningful and a true conversation starter. Sophia surrounds herself with pieces that inspire and has built the ultimate sanctuary with her work being featured on Apartment Therapy. Sophia is also a dedicated activist. She's written and spoken on a philosophy she calls anti-supremacy, and she puts it into action as founder of the nonprofit We Are Tomorrow's Ancestors. Her activism broadly centers healing with and within Black and Indigenous communities and uprooting our learned and inherited supremacist tendencies.
1. What started it all for you?
2. What drives your creative spark?
3. Most treasured home decor item?
My most cherished item is my wooden "weeping Buddha" statue. I'm drawn to what the form of the statue indicates - it's called weeping Buddha because people assume the figure's face is buried in their hands because they're weeping. I like to imagine that the figure could be laughing, playing hide and seek, embarrassed, resting, shy, or weeping. I love how humans project emotions and ideas onto objects and this piece is so versatile.
4. What’s the best advice you've ever received?
Don't create for a target market or follow some trend. Tell the truth. Tell the whole truth and hold nothing back. If your art tells the truth, whether yours or some grander collective truth, people will always resonate with it because human beings are searching for truth.
5. It's 5 o'clock at home. What would you be pouring?
During the cold months I'm sipping homemade lemon and ginger tea. Boil water with slices of lemon and fresh ginger, pour it into a cup (I filter mine with a sieve), and add your favorite local honey. It's simple, warming, and clarifying.
6. What are your favorite 6 accounts that you follow for inspiration?
@kehindewiley - Kehinde Wiley
@indiamahdavi - India Mahdavi
@thelpcreative - LP Creative Design
@studiolondonco - Studio London Co.
@denisseaps - Denisse Ariana Pérez
@brigetteromanek - Brigette Romanek
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"Don't create for a target market or follow some trend. Tell the truth. Tell the whole truth and hold nothing back. If your art tells the truth, whether yours or some grander collective truth, people will always resonate with it because human beings are searching for truth." -Sophia Aguiñaga